Contact the doctor or medical specialist you need:
With over twenty three medical departments and two hundred senior consultants, Total Health's Virtual Hospital (THVH) provides rapid access to general and specialist expertise.
General Practitioners (GPs) and Consultants (medical specialists)
General Practitioners (GPs) are usually the first point of contact for any medical issue. The GP will assess your situation and if a referral is needed, they will write a referral letter for a specialist appointment. Alternatively, when you know what type of specialist you need to see, 'direct access' consultations can be booked with the specialist of your choice.
Direct access to early triage and specialist care
Early triage helps to reduce clinical risk and will result in better treatment outcomes. The virtual hospital allows even some of the most specialist forms of care to be managed from home or work.
Getting the help you need from where you need it
The virtual hospital provides a total healthcare pathway via a GP or direct to medical specialists - such as a vascular surgeon (Mr Daryll Baker pictured above) or a dermatologist (Dr Suchi Badvey pictured - below). Utilising the latest approved medical technologies, the requirement for travel to hospitals can be reduced and sometimes removed. THVH provides access to the most appropriate doctor of your choice, at a time of your choice.
Getting the information you need on the different doctors and their individual approaches to the conditions that they specialise in treating
Before booking, we encourage a review of your choice of specialists. We include the doctor's personal bio and you can see the articles they have written that explain their own individual approaches to providing treatment. If you are not sure which specialist will be the best for you, then an initial appointment with a GP is recommended, who can assess and advise you on the most appropriate referral. Although 'direct access' to medical specialists is usually possible, some medical specialists will still require you to have a GP referral letter, which can be arranged by clicking - arrange GP referral letter.
Here are some examples of the information provided from difference medical specialisms from some of the most highly respected senior UK consultants:
Finding your specialist doctor
- Brain tumours
- Mental health
- Head and neck lumps
- Oral cancer
- Shoulder conditions
- Chest and breathing
- Skin cancer
- Rheumatology and joint pain
- Bone Health
- Infectious diseases
- Diabetes and veins
- Heart disease
- Stomach, abdomen, intestines and bowel
- Women's health, gynaecological cancers and menopause
- Reproductive health and pregnancy
- Prostate disease and urology
- Lower leg
- Feet and toes
For the full list see- your condition and treatment options
Don't let these conditions impact on your life
Health problems can affect people in different ways. For example, ongoing pain and stiffness in the little finger may not affect a professional football player, but a concert pianist would want to get a medical opinion for this problem sooner rather than later. Seeking medical help for any problem that considerably affects your quality of life is entirely appropriate.
Why is a GP assessment important?
Getting early treatment and detecting the presence of ‘warning’ symptoms and signs – the 'red flags'.
When should you see a doctor?
In his article; When should you see your doctor? Dr Knut Shroeder explains that many symptoms don’t appear in isolation but are accompanied by other symptoms. These additional symptoms may sometimes suggest that something more serious may be going on. For instance, sudden speech problems together with loss of vision and weakness in one of the limbs suggest the possibility of a stroke, which is a medical emergency.
Examples of other important warning symptoms and signs requiring urgent care (medical practitioners call these red flags) include:
- Constant, and gradually worsening pain – or sudden and very severe pain.
- Loss of appetite over weeks and months for no apparent reason.
- Lumps or bumps anywhere on your body that are new and persistent (that is, lasting for more than two or three weeks) and that you can’t explain.
- Unusual sweating (particularly at night).
- Unexplained fever.
- Unintentional and unexplained weight loss.
Although these symptoms don’t necessarily mean that something serious is going on, it’s best to act on them and get advice from your GP urgently or click here to fix an urgent appointment.
Your GP may also make arrangements for referrals to specialist doctors, follow-up appointment and diagnostic tests - such as blood tests and imaging.
Specialist doctor appointment
Either click the appointment button on the bio page of your chosen specialist doctor, or Please book a medical specialist appointment to request a specialist doctor appointment.
For further information please contact THVH
Please note THVH is not necessarily monitored in 'real time.' If you believe that your condition is urgent or life-threatening please immediately seek help via 111 or 999.